Fans of College Basketball and the Big East threw their hands in the air with disappointment a few months ago, when they learned that Big East powerhouses Pittsburgh and Syracuse were going to be relocating to the ACC.
Many regard the Big East as the most storied, successful, prestigious basketball conference in the nation, while many consider that thought process to be what’s known to most outside of the Northeast as an “East Coast bias.”
Either way, Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin doesn’t mind that two of his rivals will be leaving the conference, and even considers it a chance for his program to get some more national recognition. Cronin told SNY.tv “it just gives us a chance to plant our flag deeper…when you do win, there’s room in the print for the story because there’s just so many other good teams.”
Cronin’s sense of being overlooked for some of the more storied programs that are currently (not for too much longer) in the Big East has to be a sentiment shared by some of his rival coaches, and the absence of powerhouses like Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and most recently Notre Dame, will undoubtedly allow Cincinnati to build on the success they’ve recently achieved, and receive more recognition for it.
The Bearcats lost in the Big East Tournament Championship game last season, but took carried the momentum from a successful season and went as far as the Sweet Sixteen. Prior to the last two seasons, Cronin never had a winning record in conference play with Cincinnati.
The Cincinnati men’s basketball team is entering just their eighth season as a member of the Big East, and if Cronin’s feelings are shared by the rest of the University, they won’t be leaving anytime soon.
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